Today we celebrate the winter solstice. It is officially winter. NOW, my mom is allowed to say it’s cold…It hasn’t been cold until now.
I have been a huge fan of The Chronicles of Narnia since I was a child. It was my first taste of the theatre, as the Children’s Theater put on a production of Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe when I was in grade school. Then I read the entire series, and really enjoyed it. When the movies were released (at least the first 3), I created my all-time favorite movie costume- The White Witch. I had so many people asking to take their picture with me, but alas, it is one of the many photos that somehow did not survive. Trust me when I say it was mind-blowing. I loved Tilda Swinton in the role, and wished they had completed the whole series. Who knows, maybe that day will still come.
I already posted the official “Winter is Coming” workout in November, but there is another wintery fandom that works wonderfully for today. The White Queen, and many other Narnians will approve this workout.
The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe
Complete one full cycle of the exercises, going down in repetitions each round.
- 10 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 9 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 8 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 7 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 6 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 5 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 4 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 3 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 2 Aslan Lion Push-ups, 1 minute Wall-Sit
- 1 Aslan Lion Push-up, 1 minute Wall-Sit
Lion Push-ups: Lay on your stomach to start. Engage your core and place your palms against the ground outside your shoulders. Pike up into “Downward Dog” pose with arms straight out, head between your shoulders and legs straight, stretching your calves and hamstrings. Bend your arms to bring your upper body closer to the ground, swooping your back as you approach. Keep the lower half of your body against the ground but push your upper body up off the ground. Lower yourself back to the ground or reverse back to a pike position.
Wall-sit– Stand with your back against a wall or sturdy, straight structure (a large tree, fence, pole, etc). Walk your feet out and bend your knees so you are in a sitting position, as if there were a chair under you, but you cannot see it. Press your back against the wall and hold the position for one minute. Place hands on your thighs if it is comfortable.